Stela B

Copan: Stela B [January 9, 2004]

"Stela B stands north of Stela 4 in the alignment of sculptures on the western side of the plaza, in close proximity to Stela C. 18-Rabbit appears in the iconography of its eastern surface disguised as the ax-wielding executioner Chac, a god associated with Venus as Evening Star. The monument portrays him standing within the portal of the underworld, depicted as the great yawning maw of a witz monster whose blunt snout rears above his head and whose lower teeth are bared at the king's feet.

[Stela B] confronts the viewer with one of the most splendid portraits of his series. 18-Rabbit wears a high turban of wound strips of cloth that is characteristic costume for Copan's ruling house. The god's diadem of cut shell rises from the front of the turban, and his shell beard is suspended over the king's face and chest. "

Elizabeth Newsome, Trees of Paradise and Pillars of the World: The Serial Stela Cycle of "18-Rabbit-God K," King of Copan, p. 137